energy http://kuer.org en Should the State Collect an Energy Tax on the NSA Facility in Bluffdale? http://kuer.org/post/should-state-collect-energy-tax-nsa-facility-bluffdale <p>Utah Senators reluctantly gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give the NSA data center in Bluffdale an exemption from paying a utility tax.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:00:08 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42024 at http://kuer.org Should the State Collect an Energy Tax on the NSA Facility in Bluffdale? Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol http://kuer.org/post/local-and-state-leaders-discuss-rural-issues-state-capitol <p>Local leaders and Utah lawmakers&nbsp;representing rural areas of the state&nbsp;gathered at the State Capitol today for&nbsp;the legislatures annual Rural Day&nbsp;to discuss their priorities for this year’s legislative session.</p><p>Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who is himself a former rural legislator from Fairview, Utah, spent about a half hour talking with the group about the challenges rural areas face and some of the potential solutions.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:30:42 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41529 at http://kuer.org Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol Geothermal Energy Becoming a Low Cost Option in Utah http://kuer.org/post/geothermal-energy-becoming-low-cost-option-utah <p></p><p>With the recent cold snap, December’s natural gas bill will be higher for most residents, but there is form of underground energy that is keeping one Utah family warm for almost nothing.</p><p>About a year ago, John Loveless had a decision to make. Should he buy into a geothermal technology that uses the earth’s stable ground temperature to heat his home or stay with natural gas?&nbsp; He could eliminate his natural gas bill, but he would have to pay $19,000 in installation costs for a geothermal system to do so.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:03:49 +0000 Karina Puikkonen 40226 at http://kuer.org Geothermal Energy Becoming a Low Cost Option in Utah Utah Exceeding Expectations in 100K Jobs in 1,000 Days Goal http://kuer.org/post/utah-exceeding-expectations-100k-jobs-1000-days-goal <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert says his office is exceeding expectations at the half-way point of a goal to create 100 thousand jobs in one thousand days.</p><p>Speaking at a high tech manufacturing plant that chose to expand in Utah last year, Governor Herbert announced that the private sector has created 63,600 jobs since he announced the goal during his 2012 state of the state speech. Herbert says when companies choose to expand in Utah it often creates a ripple effect that leads to even more job creation.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:05:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 31596 at http://kuer.org Utah Exceeding Expectations in 100K Jobs in 1,000 Days Goal KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-march-26-2013 <p>The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85039458&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:37:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26911 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013 KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 20, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-february-20-2013 <p>Governor Gary Herbert weighs in on a potential statewide anti-discrimination bill, the Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would require the state to collect abortion statistics, and oil and gas drilling are the cause of most of the air pollution in the Uintah basin.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80131593&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:20:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25304 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 20, 2013 Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack http://kuer.org/post/chaffetz-warns-imminent-cyber-attack <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told members of the Utah Legislature to be prepared for an imminent cyber-attack during remarks made in both the House and Senate chambers Friday.</p><p>Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz says the future of economic development in Utah depends on the growth of high tech companies but with that comes the increased threat of cyber-attacks. He also stressed the importance of being prepared for such an attack telling legislators it’s not a matter if, but when.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:27:31 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24761 at http://kuer.org Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back http://kuer.org/post/utah-congressmen-push-more-energy-development-utah-environmental-groups-push-back <p>Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:39:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23439 at http://kuer.org Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back Environmentalists Wary of EnergySolutions Acquisition http://kuer.org/post/environmentalists-wary-energysolutions-acquisition <p>Salt Lake City nuclear waste company EnergySolutions announced Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.&nbsp; But numerous parties are questioning the deal, including HEAL Utah. &nbsp; The environmental organization's Policy Director Matt Pacenza told KUER that he is wary about a private equity firm managing nuclear waste.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:57:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 23287 at http://kuer.org Environmentalists Wary of EnergySolutions Acquisition KUER News Pod: Friday January 4, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-friday-january-4-2013 <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives Utah conditional approval for their state run health exchange, a University of Utah program tries to give children with Autism a better quality of life, and the Holly Oil Refinery in Woods Cross gets approval to expand.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F73646157&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:31:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23189 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Friday January 4, 2013 Tooele County Nuclear Storage Site Canceled http://kuer.org/post/tooele-county-nuclear-storage-site-canceled <p>After major opposition from Utah’s top elected officials a <a href="http://www.privatefuelstorage.com/">group of utility companies</a> has once and for all scrapped their plans to build an above ground nuclear waste storage facility in Tooele County. The companies wanted to construct radioactive waste containers on a <a href="http://www.privatefuelstorage.com/project/facility.html">100-acre area on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation</a>. The site also sits very close to the Utah Test and Training Range where the military frequently drops and tests explosives. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22808 at http://kuer.org Tooele County Nuclear Storage Site Canceled KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-november-20-2012 <p>Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68179743&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:29:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21330 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012 KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-november-14-2012 <p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:56:46 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21038 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012 Energy Production on Utah's Public Lands http://kuer.org/post/energy-production-utahs-public-lands <p></p><p>Among the many points of contention during the presidential debates was the status of energy production across the United States.&nbsp; President Obama argues that more oil and natural gas are being produced today than when he took office.&nbsp; Governor Romney argues that less of it is being produced on public land.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:40:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 20245 at http://kuer.org Energy Production on Utah's Public Lands KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 17, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-october-17-2012 Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ben McAdams lays out his economic development plan, the Utah legislature is looking at making changes to the building code, and Rocky Mountain Power is shutting down the Carbon power plant. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63778385&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:55:47 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19821 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 17, 2012 Energy Efficiency Changes Proposed for Utah Building Code http://kuer.org/post/energy-efficiency-changes-proposed-utah-building-code <p></p><p>The Utah legislature will be looking at changes to the state's building code to make homes and businesses much more energy efficient. &nbsp;Garbett Homes’ <a href="http://www.garbetthomes.com/terrasol.html">Terra Sol development</a> in South Salt Lake meets and even exceeds the new 2012 building code standard.&nbsp; The recommendation from the state’s Uniform Building Code Commission requires making homes much more airtight.&nbsp; Energy inspector Steven Thon showed reporters how it’s done with foam sealing the top of exterior walls.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:31:50 +0000 Dan Bammes 19776 at http://kuer.org Energy Efficiency Changes Proposed for Utah Building Code Study Shows Utah Could Save Twice as Much with Energy Efficiency Programs http://kuer.org/post/study-shows-utah-could-save-twice-much-energy-efficiency-programs <p>A new study shows that efficiency programs could save Utah residents and businesses 1.7 billion dollars by 2020.&nbsp; A group of energy experts gathered at the state Capitol last week to present their findings to state officials and representatives from the clean energy community.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:01:01 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19636 at http://kuer.org Study Shows Utah Could Save Twice as Much with Energy Efficiency Programs KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-october-10-2012 Our Series on the Utah Priorities Project breaks into the top three, Utah Lawmakers announce a new plan to tackle child poverty, and the state names a new President at Weber State University. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62940482&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:38:42 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19494 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012 KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-october-9-2012 The countdown continues in our series on the Utah Priorities Project, the Utah State Board of Education selects a new Superintendent, and Rocky Mountain Power announces a plan to help encourage the use of solar panels. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F62805950&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:46:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19430 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012 Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security http://kuer.org/post/democratic-senate-candidate-scott-howell-renewable-energy-homeland-security <p>Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Scott Howell was at the Olympus Hills Sinclair Gas Station today talking to voters about his energy plan.</p><p>Howell approached drivers as they pulled up to the gas pump and asked if they needed their windows washed, oil checked, or gas pumped. While helping out, he asked about concerns voters may have and broke down what his energy plan would look like if he defeats Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch. He says there is one key issue he’d like to see get more attention.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:24:41 +0000 Todd Patton 17733 at http://kuer.org Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security BLM Approves Plan for Drilling Near Desolation Canyon http://kuer.org/post/blm-approves-plan-drilling-near-desolation-canyon <p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has <a href="http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html">approved a plan</a> proposed by Gasco to drill 1,300 new oil and gas wells in eastern Utah over the next 15 years. &nbsp;Some of the wells will be drilled in the Desolation Canyon area near the Green River. &nbsp;That has environmental groups <a href="http://www.suwa.org/2012/06/18/environmental-leaders-condemn-interior%E2%80%99s-approval-of-new-drilling-wells-in-desolation-canyon-region-they-warn-of-disaster/">warning of what they call a &quot;disaster.&quot;</a></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:47:25 +0000 Dan Bammes 13642 at http://kuer.org BLM Approves Plan for Drilling Near Desolation Canyon